|Updated: 11/08/2011 5:45 pm
||Published: 11/08/2011 5:17 pm
LITTLE ROCK, AR - Year round school versus the traditional school year - of getting summers off. It is a question state legislators are now looking at closer.
Your student could spend more time in the classroom.
Legislators at the capitol today discussed the pros and cons of an extended school calendar. Sen Johnny Key (R-Mountain Home) says he's already heard from the tourism industry.
"There are a lot of concerns that anything we do to extend the school year is going to harm the natural state,” Key says. “We need to take that into account too."
You are not going to find a lot of school districts using extended school calendars, but in the few places you find it, it's popular.
E-Stem public charter in downtown Little Rock starts class in mid July and students go twenty days longer than traditional public schools.
"I think definitely. It's been a benefit for us," K-8 principal Cindy Barton says. "Research shows that after about 4 weeks of a break, students begin to lose the learning they've had during the school year."
And legislators say if it helps make Arkansas students competitive, they have to pursue it.
Don't cancel your summer vacation plans. Year-round school is still in the study stage. Legislators will submit a full report on the pros and cons by October 2012.